Alpha Safety: CITB ATO
Alpha Safety are proud to be recognised as a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO). We have been working closely with CITB's Regional Representatives and the CTD Team to support our clients with the transition and ensure the highest possilbe standards in customer service.
The journey, from the ATO approval process, to the launch of the Construction Training Directory (CTD), to present day has been trouble free for few ATOs and CITB Members alike. We are pleased to say that this is coming to an end as the system and it's processes are becoming more understood, not to mention CITB's painstaking development of the system to get it to where it is today.
The system is now working well. The only key issue to overcome being a backlog of grant reclaim applications for which CITB has lifted normal claim deadlines for ATOs to assist CITB associated clients to clear.
So what have we learned?
The grant reclaim process is different for different Qualifications. CITB Site Safety Plus Courses (SMSTS, SSSTS, Health and Safety Awareness, Temporary Works etc) are not manually reclaimed by ATOs in the same way as we may process Asbestos, IPAF, PASMA etc. When attending SSP courses students will need to complete a new form, developed by CITB, which includes the employer's levy number, along with the usual required personal details to enable grant reclaim. Many of our clients are already issuing employees with staff cards that include such information to assist them with this process. Alpha are also insuring that we collect as much of this information as possible to be able to assist with any queries.
Grant reclaims for assured and recognised training will remain a more manual task.
Historic Grant Applications. ATO's have been set a 10 day deadline by which all grant reclaims must be processed, giving us 10 days from the date a qualification is completed to submit the required details. Given the slightly turbulent launch, this has temporarily been lifted by CITB to enable ATOs to go back as far as necessary to upload all of the relevant info required for grant reclaims.
At Alpha Safety we are doing our utmost for our clients to insure this process is as smooth as possible. If we can help in any way, or if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact either your Account Manager or Head Office for support.